Bérénice Marlohe in Berlin & Paris for Skyfall

Posted on October 31, 2012

Relatively unknown French actress Berenice Marlohe got herself cast as the latest Bond girl and is taking this rare opportunity to make a splash on an international stage. Every single thing she’s worn in the past month has been attention-seeking. Attagirl.

But we have opinions and they all come down to three little words. TRYING TOO HARD.



Berenice Marlohe attends the Germany premiere of ‘Skyfall’ in Berlin in Giorgio Armani.

Berenice Marlohe attends the photocall for ‘Skyfall’ in Berlin in Ports 1961.

Berenice Marlohe attends the photocall for Skyfall’ in Paris in Alexander McQueen.

Berenice Marlohe attends the France Premiere ‘Skyfall’ in Paris in Elie Saab.


We give her all the credit in the world for really putting the effort in. Truly. And we appreciate that she tries to switch things up. But come on, girl. Loosen up a little. First, you need to dial back on the makeup gun setting. You’re gonna burn out the motor, honey. We’re all for a ladystar who loves to rock the warpaint, but it’s coming off as try-too-hard, especially when you’re sporting the same heavy smokey eye no matter the setting or outfit. Also: the hair is constantly a mess. Sure, a Bond girl has more leeway than most to get away with the JBF hair. Some would even say it’s de rigeur, but we’re thinking it doesn’t work with every look.

As for the clothes… like we said, they’re certainly showy, which isn’t a bad thing when you’re a new Bond girl getting your picture taken. Can’t say we love her taste in gowns, which tend to tip over to the tacky side. We love that blue coat, but the pants are too wide and she could have used some contrasting color or print somewhere in the look. The maribou feather peplum? With those cuffed pants? We can’t even.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • NC_Meg

    That doesn’t look like JBF hair to me. It looks like “just rode down the interstate in a convertible” hair. The only outfit I like is the silver dress, even though I think it looks a little old for her. Helen Mirren would look stunning in it.

    • BrooklynBomber

      And I was thinking, “just finished a motorcycle chase, came to a stop, pulled the helmet off her head, and shook her hair out” hair. 

  • Dagney

    She is a stunning woman, but you guys are right on target; her eyeshadow is killing the look.  She needs to hire Jennifer Lopez’ makeup artist.  

    • 3boysful

       Seriously–that is not “smokey eye,” it’s “I had too much to drink and stayed out all night” eye.

      • Dagney

        lol!! Yeah, pretty much.  

      • Anathema_Device

         Well it is “smokey” if she passed out face first into an extinguished campfire. Which is what it looks like.

        • 3boysful

           I bow.  You nailed it.

          • Judih1


        • MoHub

           Reference Patsy Stone after the fire at Edina’s.

  • anotherkate

    I actually think her face looks stunning in the maribou-peplum number. Love the smoky eye with the nude lip. She’s beautiful enough not to need the full smoky-eye-AND-dramatic-lip. 

    • kschwarting

      Yes!  I was thinking “Girl, that red is not your lipstick,” but I think you’re onto something–dramatic eye OR lip, but not both.

  • hughman

    If that first Armani dress lit up she could be in the Electrical Parade on Main Street at Disney World. 

  • Except for the close-up in that blue pantsuit, she looks downright unattractive. That’s the only one with toned down make-up. Really not impressed with this casting choice. Hopefully she can act better than she can dress. That hair is absolutely criminal. How did the franchise let her out the door looking like this? Crazy. 

  • kimmeister

    I love the first two outfits (if not necessarily the makeup).  The third is ridiculous and the fourth is not terrible, but still overkill.

    • MoHub

       The first would be better if it weren’t hanging so low up top. I like the blue pants outfit the best of the lot, and the silver gown looks as if it could go up a size.

  • She looks 20 years younger on those pics with the blue coat.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    She really needs a new hairstylist.

    • that assumes she has an old hairstylist 🙂

    • angryparsnip

       hahahaha… i was going to write please can someone give her a hairbrush but then j looked again and thought  first wash hair and then style please.

      cheers, parsnip

  • Scarlet39

    Aside from some questionable hair style choices I think she looks stunning.  Very chic and pretty. 

  • moppet

    The Elie Saab is reminiscent of Laura Bennett’s final collection gown – gray with that wonderful chartreuse sparkle detail at the waist.

     I liked LB’s much better. : 

  • Laylalola

    Disagree. She looks spectacular, and I’m all for someone new on the scene deliberately bucking the pin-straight keratin-treated hair. (If anything, she’s not trying hard enough, because surely there are stylists who begged her to blow that hair out.)

  • Tatiana Luján

    I think both gowns are very pretty and not tacky at all. Agree with everything else you said. I HATE her makeup, it only looks good in the pictures with the blue coat.

  • That first dress looks like the Hogwarts sorting hat.

  • I feel like she hasn’t bothered to wash off her makeup since day 1 and is just piling on more for each subsequent look.

  • gabbilevy

    “I love fashion! I don’t use a stylist!”

    Oh, honey, at least hire someone to paint yo face and shellac yo hair. She’s stunning when she’s more cleanly styled.

  • Is there a comb shortage in Europe? 

  • PastryGoddess

    All this critique was missing is a “Bless your Heart”  

    I do like that gown though.  The silver and red combo is fab.  However, those blue elephant leg pants are just too much.

  • Anathema_Device

    The maribou feather detail looks like one of those inflatable swim rings little kids float around in. The makeup and are hair are really bad. Is she the one who wore that awful red eye makeup a week or so ago? I like the blue suit and the last dress through, although you are correct that she needs to dial back a little in every category. She’d be pretty damn chic with a little LESS effort.

  • Trisha26

    The black gown would have been pretty very pretty sans shoulder strap and below-knee ruffle. And if only those white pants were cigarette-style in a satiny/raw-silk – cute outfit! I swear these stars do everything else, run out of time & say eff the hair, give it a good tousle and they’re off. Horrible.

  • That hair!

    Honey, I shouldn’t be seeing my tragic underemployed roots on your movie star head.  You’re a BOND GIRL, pull it together!

  • MarissaLG

    You guys, imagine that last dress on Beyonce though! THAT I’d be totally into. 

  • MightyMarshal

    I actually thought that was Valentina Cervi/Salome from True Blood. She’s falling short on the hair and makeup. The actual clothes are a little here and there, but the finishing is really the tragic part.

  • Two words for the first dress:  Perfume Bottle.

  • Simpsons reference 😀 I love you guys.

  • Why is K-Stew her hair and makeup role model?

  • Judy_S

    I like these, as a group. Imagination but enough consistency that you can tell it’s the same woman. Re. the eyes– I was thinking she is trying to compete with previous Craig Bond Girl Eva Green, who seems to have her eyeliner tatooed on, so that whether she’s a good fairy or a medieval princess or  on the RC she looks pretty much the same. 

  • l_c_ann

    It’s not the hair cut, it’s the hair color.  If you are wearing a several thousand dollar dress, there is no reason for having such a bad color growing out.  Colorists could take that dye job growing out darker and make it something lovely.  But that would have cost money and probably wouldn’t have been free.

    The lack of a cut and styling only accentuates the “I don’t care” that starts with five inches of roots.

    • The irony is that she may have paid hundreds of dollars to have it be “ombre” — and I bet if she got her hair styled better, it would look like it was supposed to be that way and not that she just let it grow out without taking care of it.

      • l_c_ann

        It never dawned on me that she might have chosen that look.  Never. Ever. Dawned as a remote possibility.  Thanks for opening (blowing) my mind.

  • bertkeeter

    Lots of ideas for barmitzvahs!

  • MilaXX

    She looks sloppy in almost every single picture.
    1. Bad hair/makeup. Dress sits too low on the tits & wrong shoe
    2. Not a bad suit but she should have worn a crisp, white shirt and cleaner hair.
    3. Just burn the whole thing
    4. Looks like a Paula Abdul cast off, but also somehow very slutty. Hair continues to be a mess. This look might have been salvaged with simpler hair, a cat eye and nude lip.

    • “Sloppy” is the PERFECT word. The hair and the makeup together scream “I went on a bender last night and I couldn’t be bothered to wash my face OR my hair.”

  • Absolutely hate the eye makeup. Kills the looks for me.

  • unbornfawn

    The hair and make-up are horrible each and every look. The clothes look like she’s playing dress up.

  • Wow. Except for the trouser/coat look, this is definitely trying too hard.

    That feathered peplum thing makes her look like a chicken killer. 

  • quiltrx

    I kind of love the Elie Saab.  I mean, you’re the new Bond girl and you’re at the premiere in Paris.  I think that’s pretty good.  The rest are ‘almost” or “not even”.

  • Frank Li

    She is a beautiful lady, why does she have to ruin all her looks with witch-hair and bad choices of dresses?

  • EverybodysStarling

    I need to have the navy blue coat. It’s so beautiful. 

  • RzYoung

    Yes, she’s trying way too hard when you compare it to Audreybot from about this time last year. I miss Rooney!

  • decormaven

    The red lip in the first look dominates; she’s much better served with the nude lip in the third look. Not feeling any of the clothing choices; as others have noted, the hair is tragic in every look. But hey, thanks for the man candy served up in photo #5!

  • fallen_ikon

    In the last few pictures she reminds me a lot of Kiera Knightley. Must be the cheekbones and the shape of her eyes.

    The first dress would’ve been better if the top had come up more on the sleeveless side. As it fits her now, it looks like she’s about to pop out of it.

  • That first Armani dress needs to go to Carmen Carrera.

  • Judy_J

    The navy coat and wide pants are a very 1970’s look.  I kind of like it, but then I remember wearing similar styles back then.   

  • guest2visits

    I would have loved that black feather peplum top if the bottom half were a white skirt – the pants with the pockets and cuffs
    just does not work.

  • The hair is more HBC to me.

    I disagree with TLo for once, I love her RC choices, though the hair and makeup do none of them justice. 

  • Kristy Evans

    It is so frustrating when I see women who make millions of dollars and whose job it is to essentially be filmed/photographed who have ROOTS DOWN TO THEIR EARS. Like, really? You couldn’t squeeze in a quick jaunt to the hair stylist? Although I guess based on the way her hair is styled here, she hasn’t set foot in a salon in a hot minute. /judgmental rant. 

  • Khristen Bendali

    I live in Geneva, Switzerland – a very French and rich city – and the French just don’t know or don’t care about their hair looking finished. I see many a women decked out in Chanel or Gucci with killer heels, then their hair looks like mine when I pin it up to take a shower. It is the strangest thing, and this actress exemplifies it.

  • today’s band name: flotsam in jetsam in feather peplum.

  • KathKo

    Relatively unknown ?
    Surely, you mean completely unknown. I didn’t hear about her before the new Bond movie.
    I actually had to check her up on wikipedia. She did some figuration and a bunch of bad TV shows. Trust me, they ARE bad.
    We french have an uncanny hability to make disastrous TV shows vaguely inspired by good old american ones. it’s like producers notice a successfull story and think “hey, why don’t we do our version ? Only, on a budget, with bad actors, bad music and pretty much annoying stories. French style, yes ?”
    Original stories ? Apanage of a few channels which put money in their creations, but that’s another story.
    Anyway, back to the new James Bond girl. Trying too hard ? Boy, yes ! But with her carrier, I don’t blame her for trying to grab every bit of attention she can get out of Skyfall to try and rebounce her carrier.
    Good for you, Bérénice, you get every eyes fixated on you and you may very well get out off that sad, dreadfull and painfully bad copy of CSI.

  • glennethph

    TH.  As in trying hard.  I love that red gown she was wearing in the premiere.  All these dresses she’s wearing are interesting gowns but I feel like she’s doing her all to have a Marion (Cotillard) Moment….

  • Larkin21

    Agree on the make-up and the hair but wow, I love the entire blue ladypants look. Just stunning. I also like the last gown a lot.

  • oohsparkley!

    I think she looks great in the first two looks. I seriously love the blue pantsuit. The last two looks the side-swept bangs look dirty and messy.

  • how does a French woman have such terrible taste in clothes and such awful instincts when it comes to her own hair and makeup!???